Please note: The upcoming September 20th, 7:30pm Dance Lesson is being held at The WISE School, 7211 96A Ave NW Edmonton. Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes. We also recommend bringing a water bottle. Be prepared to have fun!
“As close to time travel as we can get,”
Guest, Regency Ball
Imagine yourself transported to the world of Darcy and Elizabeth, of Napoleon Bonaparte and Jane Austen, walking straight into Netherfield, with dancing, live music, food, playing cards, in the stunning Empire Ballroom of the historical Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.
You are invited to attend our Regency Ball!
‘I want to, but I’m an introverted Austen fan and no one will come with me!’
Welcome! you have found your people. No partner is necessary or required, many guests come solo, and there’s always someone to dance with!
‘I don’t know how to dance!’
We teach the dances, which require no partner and no dance experience. We are offering dance lessons. You can buy tickets to as many as you wish (or drop-in). We recommend attending as many as you can. The more you are able to practice the dances, the more fun the ball will be. We will teach 2 of the 4 dances at each Lesson, and do a quick review of all four at the Refresher Saturday morning. Please see the ticket descriptions to see which dances are being taught at which lessons.
To assist with the lessons there are videos of all the dances on our website: https://www.prideandprejudiceball.ca/tutorials/
We do strongly recommend attending the lessons! You and the other guests will have so much more fun and really the lessons are a blast all on their own.
If you are unable to make it into Edmonton - friend of the Ball Sabrina Thievin will be hosting lessons as well, you can register for them here: http://sabrinadance.ca
‘I don’t have a thing to wear!’
No worries! We have ways for you to rent, buy and advice for you to make! your own. Costumes for this event, the bare minimum for ladies is a Full-Length Gown in a soft fabric with fully covered shoulders. An empire waist is preferable but not mandatory. Flat shoes only please. No high heels. For gentlemen, the minimum is a Tail Coat or frock coat with a vest and a cravat (literally a strip of fabric tied around the neck) and a white shirt. Breeches with long socks are preferable, but regular pants are fine. Any dress shoes will do. Historical Military dress and traditional cultural dress (eg. Kilts) are also welcome. And you are welcome to dress as a Gentleman or a Lady as you please!
You can rent a costume from:
We also have ideas on how to put together your own costume simply and inexpensively, out of things you may already have or could find at a thrift store, on our website as well: https://www.prideandprejudiceball.ca/tutorials/
There will be a P&P Ball room rate and the link to book will be posted.
Lots of updates will be posted on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/regencyencounters/
Food and Drink
All dietary requirements can be accommodated with adequate notice. You will be asked to indicate if you have any upon check-out.
Dinner includes soup and a main course.
Alcohol is available for purchase at the bar on site, but nothing provided by us contains any alcohol. Every guest will receive one glass of either syllabub (a traditional, cream-based party drink) and lemonade.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening.
There is no formal age minimum, but we recommend guests be at least 14 years of age. It is not suitable for young children, though it is possible that very keen and well-behaved 13 or even 12 year old accompanied by an attentive adult would do very well.
There will be a professional photographer capturing the event, and taking portrait photographs of all guests. You will be able to purchase prints of these if you wish.
In order to maintain the illusion of the historical experience, cell phones and cameras ARE NOT PERMITTED in the ballroom itself, but may be used anywhere else in the hotel.
This event is THE MOST FUN you can imagine. It is highly addictive and can make the rest of life seem dull in comparison. You have been warned ;)